Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 12/12/08 at 09:35 AM ET
from Jim Adams of The Union,
Brian Boucher is a back-up goaltender. He is designed to play the odd game to rest the starter. In all reality, he has become an icon of what has made the San Jose Sharks the best team in the National Hockey League season.
He exemplifies the type of attitude, grit, perseverance, and skill that has made this Northern California’s most successful team.
And although Boucher may be perfectly suited for warm-ups, he is exceptional when it comes time for the real thing.
It is tough to endure a career as a goaltender without a fair share of ups-and-downs, hits-and-misses, victories and defeats.
As the last line of defense, performance is magnified beyond any other player. Errors become more pronounced. Big saves become larger than life. Rarely is it a straight career path for the NHL goaltender. He may last a little longer, but there is no way to describe it other than tough and demanding.
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